Thursday, September 17, 2009

Buying Napa

Last year I said that someday I would be able to splurge on $80-$100 California Cabernet. Well, here we are. What the fuck else am I going to spend my money on?

The wine I'm referring to is the wine of Mike Grgich, of Napa Valley. Grgich is a grand old man of Californian wine. He was the man responsible for Chateau Montelena's 1973 Chardonnay which won the Judgement of Paris tasting for white wines, in 1976. Arguably, he's the one who put Californian chardonnay on the map. Big figure.

On release is his Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Expensive, yes, but this is a great man. I definitely want to have a few of his bottles in the cellar, because there are just too few Californian properties who get it. No one understands that to be a great wine, you have to express the terroir. If the wine doesn't tell a story of where it's from and when it was made, then it cannot be a profound wine.

Dropping a few in the next few releases. But autumn's coming up, and it's time to spend money on wine. Damn it, I've saved up enough these past few months - why not go a little crazy?

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